One of the most popular shopping center in Bayan Lepas area.
Bukit Jambul Complex has plenty of shops, Fajar supermarket selling Malay products, mobile phone accessories, Popular Bookstore, DVD/Computer CDs,a modern cineplex, bowling alleys, restaurants.
There is a taxi stand and a major bus stop on the main road of the shopping complex.
Bukit Jambul Complex is walking distance from Vistana hotel, there is a shuttle from Hotel Equatorial and it is 20 minutes from the airport if there is no traffic jam.
Tesco, the UK hypermarket chain, opened in Penang in 2006. It sells electronics, clothes, groceries, etc and with the crowd, apparently is doing well.
What I like is the location that is at the coastal road right after the Penang Bridge, near the exit turining into Green Lane (Jalan Masjid Negeri).
Parking is free and it opens late until 11pm and later on weekends. Next door is a popular complex called E-Gate for the young and trendy.
Here is a list of my favorite shops to buy stamps:
Komtar, Block B1 (Tun Abdul Razak Complexs)
1) Picton Stamp (604) 2614293 (Level 1)
2) Pearl Trader Stamp & Money Changer (Level 1)
3) Penang Stamp & Coin (Level 3)
Weld Quay Area (near Ferry)
4) Picton - Main branch, 49-C Weld Quay (Opposite Shell Petrol Station)
5) Penang General Post Office - selected collection, first day covers
What to pay: Loose used stamps go for 20 sen a piece. Ask for discount if you are buying more.
If you ever needed a life-sized and a half gold-painted Buddha, or 50,000 paper lanterns, or a dozen 6-foot-tall vases with a tree’s worth of artificial orchids, or anything else to decorate your home, restaurant, temple, town, whatever, in a Chinese theme, you need to visit this place. You probably need to visit it anyway, just to see what “excess” really means, and what “disparity” really means, because the rest of the area is an impoverished wasteland in comparison.
It’s a huge space that rambles across an entire city block (note the address), and is jammed with, gees, with too much of everything. In the photos, the egg-shaped carving is about 4 feet long; the gold-painted section goes back to the left perhaps 30 feet, and is packed; the statue outside the door shares the sidewalk with proportional stone dogs; and yes, the building is very pink.
You can buy just one of something, and I can’t believe they wouldn’t ship.
Pehsan bought me some nice local biscuits from Penang...and it came with this bag. It is very different type from Him Heang, equally tasty...
there is the walnut short biscuit, and also a flaky biscuit with sticky sugar filling
At the coastal front, you have many choices of shops selling women's beach wears. Picture is taken from one of the shops at Batu Feringhi roadside. I don't know much about the cost, its aorund RM25 a piece, roughly. I saw many women tourists wore and tramping on the street.
The Flea Markets are in Georgetown near the prison... They start around 7 am on a Sunday. These markets sell a lot of local produce (some strage fruits and vegetables that I'd never seen before), a lot of second hand 'junk', watches, jewellery, t-shirts, handbags etc. I didn't think these markets were as good as the night markets but the girls still bought a lot of stuff...
In Penang, tourists can find in shops selling items mostly golden and red colors, they are God shop selling accessories of God Gods Goddess and Goddesses etc. Tourists are welcome to purchase some as souvenirs, although it was not for that purpose.
Shopping is not only about women's handbags men's shoes, jewelry, VCDs etc. In Penang, shopping involve God Gods Goddess and Goddesses etc. Here I snap a photo from a shop selling Gods, tourists are welcome to purchase one or two Gods as gifts to friends. The Gods in this shop are Money-God, for peoples lust for money.
CTY Aquarium is here in photo (the tall building in brown color) located at Burma Road, nearby Kedah Road. This Aquarium is probably the biggest in Penang, tourists interested in aquarium fishes might want to have a look.
At night if you go to Batu Ferringhi which is along the road where The Ship restaurant located and the Lone Pine hotel.
A place quite similar to Bangkok's Khao San road except that this one has luxurious hotel surrounded to make it a distinct feel of Islanders rather than the backpackers' heaven.
Shoppers are luxurious class but items on sale are still as cheap from VCDs to Batik clothings and many other stuffs.
What to pay: Mostly budget
- Souvenirs at Kek Lok Si
There is a covered winding passage filled with traders selling souvenirs that leads you up to the temple.
The biggest shopping landmark is KOMTAR (Kompleks Tuanku Abdul Rahman) at Jalan Penang.
- Jalan Penang with Komtar in the centre, offers good value for clothes, shoes, electronics and everyday goods. Opposite Komtar there is a collection of small shops offering batik, jewellery, pewter, and handicraft.
- Lebuh Bishop and Lebuh Chulia are good places for curios and antiques while Jalan Kapitan Keling is noted for Indian goldsmiths.
- Penang is well known for its mobile night market, or 'pasar malam' which offers goods ranging from household items to clothes, knick-knacks and food.
Times Square in Kuala Lumpur is famous.
However, Times Square in Penang is much more of an empty shell with only a few shops open and much of the food court stalls closed.
Can give it a miss.
What to buy:
Penang is famous for its White Coffee (coffee with milk) and this 3-in-1 coffee is not easily available elsewhere.
What to pay: About RM$11.00 in Georgetown and about RM$19.00 at Penang International Airport
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